(Andrei Marti/YouTube)

Here’s a great way to kick off Giving Tuesday!

For most kids, the average day consists of school, playtime, and naps. But for one Victoria boy who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 5, his main priority is raising money for other kids who are living with life altering illnesses.

8-year-old Andrei Marti has spent a significant amount of his life so far fundraising and educating others about his condition – a lifelong disease that has rendered his pancreas dysfunctional, requiring him to take five daily injections of insulin.

After raising $10,000 for the Help Fill a Dream and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, his goal is to now acquire a diabetic alert dog.

These dogs have proven to save countless lives by detecting extreme highs and lows of glucose levels in people who have diabetes, especially during the night when they are asleep and cannot tell if they are in danger.

So far, Andrei has raised over $17,000 towards purchasing a diabetic alert dog, but still needs $7,000, which is why his family has set up a GoFundMe account on his behalf.

No one is more deserving of a service dog than 8-year-old Andrei, who could have already had one if he hadn’t generously donated $10,000 to charitable and research organizations. He acquired a busking license and did handstands in order to raise this money.

The actions of this mini philanthropist earned him the Outstanding Youth Philanthropy Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Vancouver Island Chapter this year. 

Click here to donate and help Andrei get his diabetic alert dog!